I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
~ Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. 

One of my New Years resolutions  plans is to show more of myself , a big step for me as I don’t like talking about my past. While I didn’t have a terrible childhood it wasn’t full of much love, don’t get me wrong I was warm, I was fed I didn’t go without. But what I did go without was love or expressions of love. Now I’m not putting down these words for folks to say ‘oh you poor thing’ I’m writing them down for me to finally after 58 years to put it aside and to get on and enjoy life.

My Mother died when I was 12 and my Father when I was 15. I had been a weekly boarder at school and I went to live with my Sister and her family, looking back it must have been difficult for her to take on a teenager when she had young children. One of my worse moments was always Christmas I never knew where I would spend it especially when I was a 20 year old home from college for the holidays. Luckily my boyfriend’s Mother would invite me to stay with them , it was wonderful.

So now I cannot bear the thought of anyone being on their own at this time of the year. our house this year will have 2 guests, my husband’s cousin who lost her Mother back in June and is now on her own and a friend of my children’s who isn’t able to get home for Christmas.

My Friday Find is joy and happiness that we can all be together as a family to celebrate. As this will be my last post before Christmas I wish all of you all the best for Christmas may you all be together with your loved ones and especially all those who are ill and have to be away from the comfort of familiar surroundings.

Thanks to Kim for her lovely brushes and texture.

                                                               Kim Klassen dot Com

21 thoughts on “FRIDAY FINDS ~ A PART OF ME

  1. Viv, dear friend, this is just beautiful. I love the quote about honoring….it all comes from within the heart, and that is where you now are – sharing what is in your heart. Blessings to you and your family this Christmas Season.

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  2. Isn't it amazing how our past experiences shape the person we've become today. Your wonderful generosity in opening your home to others is touching many lives. Despite what your childhood lacked, you sound like your have a beautiful, loving soul. Merry Christmas and may your 2014 be blessed.

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  3. Viv, what lovely images, and a beautifully touching post – you are brave to share your words and honor who you are. Your childhood experiences have made you a loving, giving person to others who might be feeling the same way you once did…that's a gift that reaches others. Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your company!

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  4. My heart is full to overflowing with the beauty of the images I see whenever I click through one of the Tuesday Textures or Friday Finds. So glad that we have all found Kim and are sharing her journey!

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  5. I would say you are doing Mr. Dickens proud. Such a beautiful thing to do … share your Christmas with others who might otherwise be alone. May it truly be merry and bright!

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  6. What a sweet post. I love the fact that you've gotten over the past and are celebrating the future. How generous and kind of you to open up your heart and home to family and friends for Christmas. I know it will be a joyous, fun-filled holiday. Merry Christmas!

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  7. You have transformed something painful into something generous and beautiful. And you have had the courage to share it to inspire others. A very merry Christmas to you Viv and I know the next year will bring much more exciting creativity!

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  8. Dickens is my favorite author and it was lovely to see him on your page being honored not only in his words but in your good deeds. I have found that given enough time and thought, good will always triumph over bad. Blessings to you and your family and friends this Christmas season, it has been a joy getting to know you this past year.

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  9. I hope you had a blessed, joyfilled Christmas, Viv. And how gracious of you to open your home to those with nowhere to go for the holidays!! I am sure that your home was filled with love!!

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